Plans to grant police and intelligence officers new powers to monitor suspects online will not get through parliament without a requirement for judges to sign off on spying warrants, the former Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis has said.
The backbench MP was speaking before the publication of a draft of the investigatory powers bill, due on Wednesday, with the Home Office so far refusing to indicate whether the proposed legislation will include judicial approval of applications made by the security services to intercept communications.
The shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, said on Thursday that Labour would not support the investigatory powers bill unless it included judicial oversight of national security warrants. A spokesperson for Burnham said the shadow cabinet had agreed the party’s position, including the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and his deputy, Tom Watson, who both voted against the current emergency legislation.
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